Hemal lives with his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, buying or selling in the market and gardening. His mother is employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Hemal enjoys soccer, playing with marbles and art. He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in middle school where his performance is average.
Please remember Hemal in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Hemal lives in the rural community of Chinchula (Nepali), home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Adivasi and Nepali. The most commonly spoken languages are Nepali, Adivasi and Hindi.
The regional diet consists of maize, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, typhoid fever, jaundice and malaria. Most adults in Chinchula (Nepali) are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Chinchula Emmanuel Child Development Center to provide Hemal with Bible teaching, recreational and developmental activities, medical exams, health and hygiene education, social events, cultural programs, tuition, field trips, scholastic materials and opportunities for community service.
Compassion opened its East India office in July of 2002 in Kolkata, (formerly Calcutta), the capital of West Bengal. Kolkata is located on India's east coast just above the Bay of Bengal near the Ganges River. Kolkata has a tropical climate. The office serves children in the states of West Bengal: Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, and Mizoram.
The aforementioned states, once the cradle of rich ancient Indian civilizations, are now among the poorest in the country. A large percentage of the population in this area is tribal and poor. The main religions are Hinduism and animism. The languages spoken in these areas are Odiya (formerly Oriya), Bengali, Chattisgarhi, Nepali, Mizo, and many tribal dialects and Hindi. This part of India is so resistant to the gospel that evangelists call it the "Graveyard Of Missions."
The people of India have had a civilization since 2500 B.C., when the inhabitants of the Indus River valley developed an urban culture based on commerce and sustained by agricultural trade. This civilization declined around 1500 B.C., probably due to ecological changes. Soon after, India succumbed to British rule for nearly two centuries before Mohandas Gandhi and other native Indians led peaceful protests to gain independence. British rule over India lasted until 1947. Since then, political instability, religious violence and tense relations with its Pakistani neighbors have troubled this beautiful part of the country.
Map of India
Child's Location: North of Kolkata